Debian participates in Google's Summer of Code

May 8th, 2006

The Debian project participates in this year's Summer of Code. More than 50 development tasks cover general improvements, quality assurance, releasing and testing the distribution, package management, new applications, security, infrastructure and the improvement of particular packages. For these tasks students will be assigned a Debian developer acting as their mentor. The coordinator for Debian's participation is Baruch Even

The Summer of Code encourages interested students to participate in open source development and gain additional programming experience. They get to work on an open source project of their choice for three months. Some ideas are more coding-intensive, while others need a stronger theoretical background.

Students can apply to the Summer of Code and a particular task from May 1st to May 8th (17:00 Pacific Daylight Time). Google routes to the mentor organisation, and the proposals are ranked by mentors working with those organisations. On May 23rd Google will publish the list of accepted student proposals. Participants will work on fulfilling the tasks until August 21st.

Debian's task proposals are listed in the Wiki.

The Summer of Code is documented on Google's website.

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